Preparation for Birth as a Rite of Passage
Becoming a parent is a powerful journey filled with questions, excitement, some trepidation, and joy. Everywhere expectant parents turn they receive advice about how to birth, parent, feed, and care for their yet unborn child. They can be bombarded by birth stories even while at the grocery store or from well-meaning friends. Navigating the waters of pregnancy and birth can be challenging in the face of so much information and so many good intentions.
Preparing for your birth with my childbirth classes is stepping into truly holistic childbirth education and preparation. These classes prepare you for birth not just in the mind—learning about the process of birth from the parent's perspective—but with your body and your closest relationships too. Preparing for birth involves learning how to cope with the possibility of pain, intensity, and fatigue while also and perhaps most importantly, preparing for the unknown and unknowable aspects of labor, birth, and new parenthood.
These childbirth classes help you tap into the internal resources to navigate your birth journey with wise intentionality rather than rigid goals. You will learn what to do when you don’t know what to do.
SIX WEEK SERIES
✓ August 29th-October 3rd - Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
✓ October 10th-November 14th - Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm
✓ May 12th & 19th - Two Saturdays 10am-6pm (SOLD OUT)
✓ September 1st & 2nd - Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
✓ November 17th & 18th - Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
Classes for experienced birthing parents. Topics include: learning from your previous birth experience(s), pain coping refresher, sibling prep, and postpartum/relationship preparation for bringing home another baby. Class takes place at Britta's private studio in Topanga. Address provided upon registration & payment.
✓ September 16th - Sunday 11am-4pm ($250)
Contact us to be added to the waitlist or for more information
Six Week Series and Immersions are $475 per birthing individual (partner included). Some scholarships available. Contact us to apply.
Above all, birth is a transformational experience for all involved. To give birth is to be forever altered in many profound ways. It is a rite of passage that takes you from person to parent and brings a new being onto the planet. There is no one way to give birth. Birth has its own agenda, timeline, and plan. Therefore, all the careful study and detailed planning cannot dictate exactly how your birth will happen. There is much you can do to support the journey and, ultimately, the most valuable preparation is learning how to adapt to the unexpected. Birth, like parenthood, is a practice of letting go of expectations—acknowledging that control is impossible. Learning how to be resourceful when the intense forces of nature take over, is powerful preparation for birth. Labor and birth are powerful. To meet these energies one must let go, be flexible, and be equally powerful and OPEN.
Britta, you are a master at what you do…
“I took lots of childbirth classes and yours was the best. Britta, you are a master at what you do.”
Preparing for this journey requires learning in the body and through practice. In birth, the intellect that you are used to in normal life will be transformed. The experience shifts to a bodily one. You must give birth in the body. Therefore, preparation also needs to be body-centered through practice and learning that sinks deeper—learning that can be accessed when the intellect is less active due to the hormonal refocusing that occurs in labor. These childbirth classes do this. Informational sessions are taught in a way that informs through story and images easily retained and accessed in the mental fog that is created by the hormonal cocktail served by labor. You will learn ways to cope with pain and intense sensations. You will practice alone or with your partner, gaining confidence and competence to actually be successful in birth and as birth support.
And what about birth partners?
Birth partners are more than "birth coaches" needing to learn the best cheers to keep you going. These loved ones are having a baby too and are also being transformed into parents. Their experience is important and vital. Partners have a unique role. They are not only becoming parents themselves, but they are expected to be superhuman while supporting their beloved in a completely unfamiliar and challenging experience, AND they are expected to be good at it! This is a tall order. Together in these childbirth classes, we do all that we can to build the skills of your partner and your familiarity with working together as a team. Sometimes it is just as difficult for the one birthing to learn how to receive support as it is for the partner to know how to give it. In these childbirth classes, partners are prepared for birth, not just informed about its mechanics.
My childbirth classes support couples in getting through labor together. This support does not stop when the baby is born. Couples receive skills that will support them in their relationship after the baby arrives. Going from a couple to parents and family is a transition. And one that needs love, attention, and oftentimes, a guide. In my classes, the relationship between the parents is seen as central to a thriving family.